Flew out to Miami, via Pittsburgh on US Airways from
LaGuardia Airport on June 30th. Outbound flight from
LGA was a 757, headed for San Diego, via PIT. Flight
was uneventful. Beverage service only. 25 minutes
late on departure, but arrived on time. Aircraft was
in new livery, interior was new too. Airplane was
very clean, service was efficient.
Connected to an MD80 for the PIT-Miami flight.
Left gate 10 minutes late, arrived on time. Sat
on tarmac awaiting gate in H concourse on the
arrival. Airplane was filthy, clearly quite old (I
saw the manufacturing date above the door,
it was October 1982 and delivered to PSA).
Lavatory was broken. Overhead bins were
small and were blue inside. First Class cabin
looked nice. In flight service included a lunch
box. Flight attendants were pleasant, but
the overall feeling was unprofessional. Too
many cutesy jokes about "Welcome to
Miami" and that plane really unclean.
On July 5th, flew on a Boeing 737-300 from
MIA to PIT. Old livery. Plane very, very
dirty. Caked egg from breakfast on the
seat, potato chip crumbs on floor, broken
lights and AC, cracked plastic panelling.
Pleasant flight crew. Very efficient. Left
gate on time, arrived PIT 22 minutes early.
Lined up behind three AA 727-200's, one
AA 757, another AA 737-800, and a Varig
B767-200ER on takeoff at MIA.
PIT-LGA, MD80. Flight left gate 40 minutes
late. MEchanic was electrocuted replacing
a bulb. All pax. had to disembark. Lost the
takeoff slot, parked on runway for 35
minutes more waiting takeoff. Arrived one
hour late at LGA, waited on taxiway for a
gate for another 40 minutes. Cleaner MD
80 than the first flight, but cramped, old
livery, obnoxious flight attendant, and
annoying excuse-reports from the cockpit
to explain all the delays.
Pittsburgh Airport, very nice. Clean. US
Airways terminal at LGA, OK, but a little
crowded. Miami facilities very nice. I was
not impressed with US Airways but this
is not an airline renowned for service
and punctuality and yet with the
exception for a 1h 40 minute delay on
arrival, all other flights got us there
and back with no problems. Annoying
video displays on the 757 and 737's
touting the new A330's and expanded
European flights, and A319/A320 fleet
renewal. Not very interesting if you
are flying cramped 737's and MD80s
Next time, will fly American or Continental
to Miami. These flights were cheap
though. $180 RT